Sunday 17 December 2017

Recipe for a snappy Christmas when it all begins too early

The poet Patrick Kavanagh
The poet Patrick Kavanagh
Kim Bielenberg

Kim Bielenberg

The cheerful song came trilling out of the speakers as I stood by the supermarket till on a drizzly morning: "Sim-ply hav-in' a wonderful Christ-mas time..."

Well sorry to disappoint you, Mr Paul McCartney. You may be the greatest songwriter who ever lived, but I'm simply not having a wonderful Christmas time - even if my local supermarket has a two-for-one offer on festive marshmallows.

That is because we have not even reached the end of November.

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